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My Kitchen is Full of Butterflies–Make Your Kitchen Dreamy On a Budget

Things are aflutter in my kitchen.

A lot of home decor blogs focus often and generously on kitchens. They’re a place where the household tends to come together regularly. They’re also one of the most available rooms as far as decorating goes–they’re full of hooks, surfaces, open areas, and nooks and crannies in which to place decor on and in. People like to make their kitchen look straight out of Better Homes & Gardens and they’re quite proud of it.

Unfortunately, I can’t keep up with the Joneses in that department.

I live in an apartment, and I don’t have a very big kitchen. It merely has everything it needs to be functional, which is fine by me (I’m a simple woman and easily pleased by just having a roomy refrigerator). I’m also not overly enthusiastic about cooking, so it’s not overflowing with cookware. You won’t find any magazine-perfect kitchens on this blog, I apologize! But you will get to see how I’ve made it pretty and magical in its own way.

Case in point: it’s full of butterflies! Grab a net!

I have two rooms which you could call ‘themed,’ that being my kitchen and bathroom. The bathroom is ocean themed, which you’ll see in another post later this week. I didn’t actually plan for the kitchen to be butterfly themed, it just evolved that way. I’ve always liked the butterfly aesthetic and somehow they all ended up flitting into my kitchen.

The shelf above my sink. It makes washing dishes more festive!

I must point out that several of the butterfly items I have on the shelf above my sink are actually outdoor items. The big pink butterfly is a solar powered light that I used to have on my balcony and it eventually fizzled out. The butterfly/lamp combo on the left is also meant to be hung outdoors but I never put it out there. I buck the system. No one can tell me where to put my butterflies. Call the interior decorating police!

I’ve never been one to put decor items where they’re meant to be. I put stuff where I want it and will enjoy it the most.

And don’t you just love my Okie Dokie Arti-chokie sign? Peak humor, isn’t it?

Lovely, but at what price?

I also have a huge, antique, roll top desk in my kitchen that I use as a sort of hutch/place to put my small appliances. I got it for free when a neighbor moved out and didn’t want to take it with them. It’s unholy bulky and heavy. I got it a long time ago and since then I’ve moved twice. As a result, I’ve lost multiple friends who foolishly offered to help me move and lifted it. It’s beautiful but monstrous. Also starting to fall apart in its old age, so I eventually have to figure out how to get rid of it. Perhaps I’ll lose a few more friends.

It also wasn’t always in my kitchen. At various times I used it as a TV stand, and then just as a decorative piece that I put other decor on, before I eventually moved it to the kitchen. I found out quickly it’s not an object you should attempt to move by yourself, and thus I had to keep sacrificing others.

Now, moving on: one of my staunch decorating philosophies, very wise and very simple, is: just put lights everywhere. It’s one of the easiest ways to decorate and make things look classy, and if not classy, at least like an enchanted forest. Perhaps a classy enchanted forest. I have a rope light on top my cabinets. Nothing complicated and no installation, it just sits up there and you can’t even tell because the cupboard top is recessed. It almost looks like a permanent light.

Lights make easy (and cheap) decor. Plug them in, or put batteries in, drape them over something, and you’re good to go. They add ambiance and a little sparkle. I’ve never been fond of a dark house. It’s always twilight in my house, but without the vampires.

My kitchen has no windows, so this brightens things up a bit too.

I leave the rope light on all the time and it makes for a good nightlight when you get up for water in the middle of the night. No need to turn bright lights on and burn your retinas out. Did I say get up for water? More often, in my case, it’s the cat hollering for food at some insane and still-dark hour. The lights help her avoid disaster as I’m still wobbly from sleep and she is compelled to weave around my ankles. If it was dark in the kitchen, she might have learned her lesson long ago.

I’m sticking with the butterflies for now, though I may change themes in the future. I even have a butterfly on my outer apartment door–which opens into my kitchen, so I suppose that counts, right? Maybe I’ll switch up eventually but for now, I like having butterflies.

Items Featured In Pictures

All items are listed, to the best of my memory, where I bought them, and their approximate price at the time of purchase. Relevant links to retailers or specific items are included where possible. Please note: I am not paid by any retailer, organization, or product to promote anything on this blog. This is for informational purposes only.

Guess which one of these I got at the dollar store?
  • Butterfly candle holder – Seventh Avenue ~$40
  • Milk bottle candle – Dollar General ~$2
  • Pink butterfly solar light – Target ~$15
  • Tin lantern (with the ladybug/flower) – Dollar General ~$1
  • Crystal w/flowers – Gift from my son
  • Okie Dokie Arti-chokie sign – Dollar General ~$1
  • Pink vase – Dollar General ~$3
  • Pink metal flower (actually a door decoration) – Dollar General ~$2
  • Solar butterfly w/lantern – Marc’s (Cleveland discount store) ~$5
  • Butterfly paperweight – Dollar General ~$1
  • Glass jar – Dollar General ~$2
  • Over-sink shelf – Yard Sale ~$2
  • Metal butterfly wall decor (used to light up, but the bulbs are burnt out) – Seventh Avenue ~$50
  • Metal butterfly wall decor (above stove) – Dollar General ~$2
  • Various tins/hot chocolate jar – Fortum & Mason (department store in London) – Gift from a friend
  • Japanese Coke bottle – Gift from a friend
  • Butterfly dangles/chimes – Dollar General ~$1 each
  • Roll top desk – Gift from neighbor
  • Everything on top the desk is not decor, of course, but if you have any questions please ask. There are a few candle holders hiding in there, I got them for under five dollars at Target. However, the drawers next to the desk were $15 at Dollar General.
  • Tablecloth – Dollar General ~$2
  • Jar wall decor – Dollar General ~$1
  • Butterfly floor mat – Dollar General ~$5
  • Cat – Priceless
  • Butterfly door decor – Dollar General ~$3
  • Rope light – Amazon ~$20

KITCHEN GALLERY

Home Decor On a Budget? It’s More Likely Than You Think!

Color is my favorite decoration.

Hello and welcome to my brand spankin’ new blog, where I’ll be talking about two of my favorite things: decorating my home and not spending money.

My name is Tanya, and I live in Cleveland, Ohio. You can learn more about me, my tastes, and my cat here (she wants you to know has her own Instagram, as she’s vain like most cats). My apartment is small but mighty, and I try to keep it looking cute. I rent, so I can’t make permanent changes. However, neither am I a renovator. You don’t really want me knocking out walls–even intentionally. But, in my many years renting I’ve found ways to make non-permanent changes, such as temporary tiles and window films. I live in a very urban area, so sometimes it’s not always easy to create a peaceful, beatific atmosphere, but I consider it a challenge instead of a hindrance. My place is very much a bachelorette pad. I don’t have to consult anyone on how I make it look. You may learn as we go this is a bit dangerous! However:

Your living space is where you find peace from the rest of the world. It should reflect your tastes unapologetically and bring you happiness. If you have your own space, it’s your privilege to pretty it up.

I get a lot of comments from folks vis-à-vis my style of decorating. Here’s a few direct quotes:

  • “I feel so peaceful in your place.”
  • “You’re so colorful and interesting!”
  • “Man, you like it…bright, don’t you?”
  • “This is a bit much. I’m glad I don’t live here.”
  • “I never get bored when I’m here, that’s for sure.”

As you can see, it’s a mixed bag.

But, here is the most important fact: my space is mine. I’m the one who has to look at it every single day. I don’t apologize for what brings me joy and pleases my eye, and you shouldn’t either.

Think pink!

If a visitor is rude, show them promptly to your well-appointed door. Maybe offer a foot to bottom to help them along. If you’re wearing a festive shoe, even better.

I’ve had to deal with a few people (acquaintances, no one I would call a friend) who just didn’t agree with my look. There are people in my life who honestly love it and can’t quit going on about it, and then there is the occasional one who feels somehow personally offended by what I choose to do with my own space. I tend to believe these people are jealous and couldn’t hang a picture if you hammered the nail in for them. If you have to deal with someone like this, it’s best to give them a swift kick.

I like to do it with my heels on.

I have a very colorful and cluttered style, what some would call boho or maximalist. So if you’re interested in empty space and modern, neutral tones and clean lines, this probably isn’t the place for you. I like it cozy, bright, and full. I have nothing against people who like it clean, though. To each their own, always! You just probably won’t enjoy this blog much.

Pink is my favorite color. You’ll work that out quickly from my pictures!

And of course, the main theme of this blog: I don’t like to pay too much for my pretty things. I acquire most of it from thrift stores, yard sales, flea markets, bargain stores, places like Dollar General and Target (which, as a word of caution, can be pricey if you’re not shrewd), Amazon, online catalogs like Seventh Avenue and Fingerhut, and of course, every time a friend has acquired some piece of decor that was too overstated for them, its been passed on to me as a gift. I’m a bit like a dragon, hoarding shiny things.

Here are some things I like to fill my space with:

  • Wind chimes
  • Lanterns
  • Glass
  • Metal
  • Fake plants (more on that below)
  • Lights
  • Butterflies
  • Seahorses
  • Candles
In a future post, you’ll see my kitchen is aflutter with butterflies.

I like it busy, but I don’t just throw everything in a pile! Cluttered doesn’t mean disorganized, and I am adamant about this. Everything should be in the perfect place and work with the items around it, either in color, theme, or both. But, I should probably warn you: the more stuff you have, the more stuff you have to dust.

Deep cleaning lasts hours in my house. I put on some music and grab the duster. Time to get to work! It burns calories, right?

Cleaning isn’t always fun, but it’s necessary. They’re my things. I take pride in keeping them sparkling! It’s part of making a nice house.

A few of the rooms in my apartment have themes. My kitchen is butterflies, the bathroom is ocean themed, and my bedroom is fit for a queen. I will cover all the rooms in more detail in future posts. I also have a balcony that I’ve made quite cozy. However, I have a brown thumb and I usually kill real plants, so I have a lot of fake ones out there. This season I actually have two real ones that I’ve stunningly managed to keep alive and have even thrived, and I consider that a real accomplishment. Send them your thoughts and prayers anyway though, because that’s truly all they’re living on.

Still alive, somehow…

I also am of the belief that wind chimes are not just for the outdoors. In a few weeks, I’ll cover that too.

Whenever possible, I will list where I bought all my items and the approximate price. Some items I’ve had for a long time so my memory is a bit sketchy. If I don’t list something and you’re curious about it, please don’t hesitate to ask! I will also provide a gallery of all images in the post, plus more. Look for this at the bottom of each entry.

I am not an interior decorator, by the way. I have no authority or professional opinion. I didn’t go to school for design. Therefore, I’m not any kind of expert preaching to you how your house should look and I’m not trying to sell you anything. I just have a passion for spiffing up my space, cheaply, and I want to share that fun with others. I’ve been broke most my life but it hasn’t stopped me from expressing myself. Decorating is about being on the lookout for what suits you. It’s not something you accomplish in one day, after going out and buying a bunch of stuff. Decorating your space is an ongoing process. It means adding and removing things constantly, and that’s what makes it interesting. Your decorating should never be “done,” it should always be evolving in its look, like fashion.

Or not! Do as you please. As I said, I’m not an expert. I’m here to enjoy myself and share that with you.

Do you like my balls?

I’m eager to hear from readers. Comment, contact me, let me know you’re out there! I want to hear your thoughts and see YOUR decor! Feel free to share pictures in the comments. If something gets caught up in a spam filter, I’ll be quick to approve it, don’t worry. I’m a new blog so I’m trying to get myself out there, enjoy this experience, and find some new folks to talk to. I’m happy and grateful for any sharing of this blog you might want to do on your social media. There are buttons down at the bottom of the post that make it easy to share.

As I said above, here is a breakdown of the items in the pictures in this post. In normal entries, I will add extra pictures, so the gallery will be much bigger.

I hope you enjoy yourself here!

Items Featured In Pictures

All items are listed, to the best of my memory, where I bought them, and their approximate price at the time of purchase. Relevant links to retailers or specific items are included where possible. Please note: I am not paid by any retailer, organization, or product to promote anything on this blog. This is for informational purposes only.

  • Wind chime – Buyer’s Outlet (Cleveland discount store) ~$20
  • Blue/pink wall art (two pieces–the mirrored piece (inverted colors) is on the opposite wall–they light up, using two AA batteries) – Marc’s (Cleveland discount store) ~$12 for set
  • Butterfly stained glass lamp – Seventh Avenue ~$30
  • Flamingo wall art – Marc’s ~$8
  • Butterfly wall art – Dollar General ~$2
  • Japanese Coca Cola bottle – gift from a friend
  • Fortnum & Mason (department store based in London, England) coffee tins and hot chocolate jar – gift from a friend
  • Decorative balls – Amazon (item is no longer available) ~$20 (they’re plastic, not glass)
  • Brass bowl – Target ~$10
  • Flower pot – Buyer’s Outlet ~$13